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by Vio
September 8th, 2010, 1:31 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Revising with an e-reader
Replies: 1
Views: 510

Re: Revising with an e-reader

I do this too and I give copies of my ms to my beta readers formated for their e-readers. That way it feels like a normal book to them, so they won't get distracted by the manuscript looking like, well, a manuscript. I am using Calibre ( http://calibre-ebook.com/ ) for managing e-books, it's free an...
by Vio
March 11th, 2010, 3:10 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Does your MS go up or down in size?
Replies: 36
Views: 8084

Re: Does your MS go up or down in size?

My first draft ended up at 95k, then expanded to 110k in the first revision and shrunk back to 100k during the second. Which is caused by my habit to try getting the story arc right in the first draft, and not care much about show/tell issues. In the second draft, replacing telling by showing was wh...
by Vio
January 28th, 2010, 12:46 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?
Replies: 38
Views: 11198

Re: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?

casnow - As one of the posters with an e-publishing "backup-plan" (in case you even want to call it a backup plan in my case), I can assure you that I absolutely plan on continue writing. I love it way too much to ever give up on it. I also totally can see your point when you say with e-publishing t...
by Vio
January 26th, 2010, 1:56 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?
Replies: 38
Views: 11198

Re: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?

I will keep revising and getting feedback on my novel until the point I am convinced that any further alterations will disimprove it. Then I will send out queries and collect a few nice form rejections, just for the heck of it. The end of the story will be trying with an e-publisher. Good thing with...
by Vio
January 16th, 2010, 9:31 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: how many projects do you work on at a time?
Replies: 14
Views: 2338

Re: how many projects do you work on at a time?

One and one only. If I get "the best idea ever" while I am on a project (which happens), I write a note and put it in a drawer for later.
by Vio
January 14th, 2010, 10:09 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Advice From Amateurs?
Replies: 17
Views: 3137

Re: Advice From Amateurs?

While I would say that advice coming from published authors is almost always trustworthy, it doesn't mean that the reverse statement is automatically true. Unpublished authors aren't automatically bad and clueless (although of course many of them are). A few of them might be a lot better than many p...
by Vio
January 11th, 2010, 11:23 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Editing - Hardcopy or computer?
Replies: 23
Views: 4044

Re: Editing - Hardcopy or computer?

My handwriting is the best secret code known to mankind. Nobody is able to decipher it. Not even me. So, I am very happy with my keyboard. In addition to that, I type a lot faster than I could ever hope to achieve by hand. Which adds up to be a huge time saver if you have to edit 100,000+ words. And...
by Vio
January 9th, 2010, 8:15 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Is your self-confidence bipolar?
Replies: 10
Views: 1746

Re: Is your self-confidence bipolar?

My worst moments I usually have when I am flipping pages in one of those books on how to write. Then I read some paragraphs about how good writing looks like, and get frustrated, since my own sucks so much in comparison. Then I try to remind myself that the bits of text quoted there are usually shin...
by Vio
January 9th, 2010, 7:57 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you know your writing is good enough?
Replies: 32
Views: 6066

Re: How do you know your writing is good enough?

Isn't that sort of 20th century thinking? There's a lot of alternatives now and you don't have to go through corporate gatekeepers if you don't want. In my little internet subculture, quite a few people say they don't read paper books anymore and that they get their literature fix exclusively from ...
by Vio
January 7th, 2010, 1:24 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you know your writing is good enough?
Replies: 32
Views: 6066

Re: How do you know your writing is good enough?

How do you know your writing is good enough? The moment a publisher offers you to buy your book. Sadly enough, I don't think there is any other answer to that question. You can give your work to people to read, even outsides your family, and they might give you favorable comments, but that doesn't m...
by Vio
December 14th, 2009, 10:14 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 183817

Foreign authors

Hi Nathan, Thank you for operating this wonderful forum and sacrificing your time for us! I am writing on a fantasy novel that's nearing completion and while I am writing it for the simple reason that I love writing, I'd like to at least try getting it published. Now, the thing is, I have written it...